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Male or Female Bronze Turkey??? 14 weeks!

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by BrineChickFarm, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. BrineChickFarm

    BrineChickFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi there! I was wondering if you all could help me figure out if I have a tom here or not. I have 3 bronze turkeys, all are pets, but I would like to know if I have a tom(s) or not. Here is a picture of my Charlie (Charlize??)


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  2. KrisH

    KrisH Chillin' With My Peeps

    I discovered a wierd growth on about 1/2 of our turkeys chests at about 12 weeks old. at first I thought it was a tick, then some sort of ingrown feathers, then I realized, only the boys had them.

    Then it DAWNED on me, Puberty has hit and they were beginning to grow BEARDS!!!

    I have heard females can get them, but check for a wierd dark bump low on the neck near the crop in the center of the chest. if you look close and kind of rub it, you will see individual hairs sprouting

    Just saying you might want to check them

    the experts will hopefully chime in

    RobertH
     
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  3. KrisH

    KrisH Chillin' With My Peeps

    and just to be a smart @@#$ the one on the right is a guinea [​IMG]

    RobertH
     
  4. BrineChickFarm

    BrineChickFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    LOL, thanks for that ;)
     
  5. maidenwolfx80

    maidenwolfx80 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its a boy [​IMG] Do you know the sex of the other 3?
     
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  6. BrineChickFarm

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    I don't, but if Charlie is a boy, then Chester has to be a boy as well since they have similar features. He is pictured to the left of charlie in the picture with the guinea. However, he doesnt display like my little Charlie does. Baby must be a hen then, because she doesnt have any of the same features, or at least not yet. She's always been smaller than the other two though, so it might just be a matter of time. I hope I dont have 3 Toms! I doubt my little darlings will get along well then when they are grown. :( I'll post better pics of the other two this afternoon, as well as checkingfor a beard.
     
  7. maidenwolfx80

    maidenwolfx80 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yea post pics and I can look at them. charlie is 100% tom for sure. Also look at the snood, a male extends and retracts his a female does not and a females snood is erect and alot smaller than a males.
     
  8. BrineChickFarm

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    Hi everyone, quick update..Charlie has the beardy thingy on his chest. I couldn't find one on Chester or baby. But I do believe Charlie must be slightly older than the others. No more than a week though. Below is Chester

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    And here is baby, who is rather camera shy.

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  9. BrineChickFarm

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    I guess i posted two of the same for Chester, trying again

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  10. BrineChickFarm

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    Also, you said you thought they were a mixed breed, do you know what with? It isn't relevant but I was just curious. We got them from a local breeder who takes good care of their animals (they have everything from chickens to emus), but don't seem to know their breeds very well. The rooster they sold us was supposed to be a dark brahma but looks more like a brahma barred rock cross. (Just as an example) And they told us the Sicilan Butterups would lay brown eggs, but they lay small white eggs and are not cold hardy at all!!
     

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